Thursday 21 June 2018

Review: Daisy's Vintage Cornish Campervan by Ali McNamara

Welcome to the gorgeous Cornish town of St Felix, where there's magic in the air...
When Ana inherits a broken-down camper van from her best friend, she takes the chance for a quick trip to Cornwall - some sea air and fish and chips on the beach is just the tonic she needs.
But St Felix has bigger plans for Ana. She discovers a series of unsent postcards, dating back to the 1950s, hidden in the upholstery of the van. Ana knows that it's a sign: she'll make sure that the messages reach the person that they were meant for. And as the broken-down van is restored to gleaming health, so Ana begins to find her way back to happiness.

Review: Get ready to suspend your belief for around about 368 pages because this book has a whole lot of magic thrown in. This book is set in fictional St Felix which is based on real St Ives and so the setting of this novel is absolutely gorgeous and there is a significant amount of travel around Cornwall in this book as well so you are in for a treat beach wise. I read this right after reading another book set in St Ives so I was a little Cornwall saturated but if you're looking for beaches to read about whilst dreaming of a coastal holiday of you're own then there are plenty in here for you!

I really enjoyed reading about Ana, there is definitely more to her than meets the eye. Even us readers don't find out about the hidden depths to her personality until the very end of this novel and so the we get to find out about her as the other characters in the book do. She alludes to certain traits and characteristics but I enjoyed watching her character reveal and change as the novel went on. There are some very cute dogs in this novel, Ralph and Clarice and I enjoyed what they contributed to the story, I would love to hear more about Ralph in the future that's for sure. 

There is definitely some romance in the novel with a couple of potential suitors, Noah and Malachi. The romance is very much of the slow burn variety, my favourite kind and I liked being kept on the edge of my seat in a 'will they/won't they?' situation. There are definitely some cliches here, the kind you find in a lot of romance story lines and whilst a few are fine, they did begin to grate after a little while, but I really really enjoyed the ending of this novel and how everything resolved. 

Daisy is also a big character in this novel, both the van and its female namesake and so she definitely needs to be given character credit as well. She leads to Ana taking all sorts of risks and going in very different directions to those she intended to and I loved that about her. We also have to try and find out who her previous owners were and so this book does turn into a sort of mystery at points. This leads to another group of characters coming into the tale and they were definitely a more diverse group of characters and fun to read about. 

As I mentioned, you have to suspend disbelief when you pick this novel up but if you're looking for a fun seaside romance with a little bit of mystery and a little bit of mid-life crisis thrown in then this will be the book for you. 

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